ISFA UNDER-18 REPRESENTATIVE TEAM

A WIN AND A DRAW IN BELGIUM TO COMPLETE SEASON

MATCH REPORTS 2017-18

Thursday 12th April
(Belgium Tour)

AFC TUBIZE 3 ISFA U18 3

ISFA finished a thoroughly impressive unbeaten season with a draw against a physical Tubize side. ISFA started far the stronger team carving out numerous opportunities. Tommy Trenaman (Bede’s) opened the scoring getting on the end of a Sam Haynes (Bradfield) cross. Ada Okorogheye (Royal Russell) doubled the lead after his forward teammate Josiah Chilaka (Shrewsbury) headed back across goal.  The team though squandered many opportunities and were twice caught on the break to make it 2-2 against the run of play at half time.

A fresh set of Tubize players were brought on for the second half but ISFA were still able to reinsert their dominant play. The move of the match saw a spell of possession result in wing back Josh Newbury-Teeluck (Royal Russell) cross to find opposite wing back Matt Bowman (Repton) to finish. More chances came their way but a penalty for an off the ball incident on a corner was awarded and converted for the opposition to equalise. ISFA continued to dominate but were unable to find the winner they deserved. The team ended disappointed with the result but proud of their performances in their unbeaten year.

Tuesday 10th April
(Belgium Tour)

KAA GENT 2 ISFA U18 3

This ISFA U18’s fixture against K.A.A Gent was alway going to provide an opportunity for players to express their team and individual qualities. An early high pressing tactic allowed Adam Aziz to intercept and create the first shot on goal. Josiah Chilaka’s pace challenged the Gent defence into last ditch shot stopping tackles. However, it was Sam Arbuckle who opened the scoring, curling a superb 25 yard free kick into the top right hand corner. Gent immediately responded, combining accurate midfield passing and a clever finish to level just before half time. Gent made several changes and dominated early second half possession. An excellent lob finish deservedly put the opponents into a 2-1 lead.

ISFA reverted back to a strong full press which created two outstanding first time strikes by Chilaka and Okorogheye. This sealed a 3-2 victory and a solid start to the 2018 tour.

Friday 30th March
(St. George's Park)

ISFA U18 5 LANCASTER UNIVERSITY 2

On Good Friday, ISFA U18s faced Lancaster Univeristy in a game at St George’s Park, home of the England National Teams. The first 20 minutes saw a competitive end-to-end game with both teams creating plenty of chances. The deadlock was broken in the 22nd minute, with a brilliant finish from Josiah Chilaka (Shrewsbury), following some clever footwork from Sam Arbuckle (Alleyn’s). ISFA made it 2-0 shortly after through Matt Pickering’s (Bede’s) header off a corner followed by a third goal from Adam Azeez (Royal Russell) just before half time.

The second half saw Lancaster Univeristy come out of the blocks quickly, getting two quick goals in succession; one brilliant volley from just inside the box from Lancaster University Number 7. ISFA then started to maintain possession and gain control of the game once again, looking threatening down the right hand side with Josh Newbury-Teeluck and Adam Azeez. Half way through the second half, Adam Azeez with some clever footwork managed to deliver a whipped cross at the front post which Josiah Chilaka (Shrewsbury) was able to meet to give ISFA a two goal lead. As the game neared a close, ISFA was still able to maintain possession and look threatening in behind, creating chances. Adam Azeez managing to play an intelligent ball through Lancaster University's two centre backs to find Sam Arbuckle (Alleyn’s) to wrap up the game for ISFA. A brilliant all round performance from ISFA U18’s last game, leading into their 2018 Tour to Belgium.

Monday 12th February 
(The Toryglen National Football Centre)

ISFA U18 1 Scottish Schools FA 1

During the half term break the ISFA U18s faced a long trip up to Scotland to play the Scottish Schools U18 side at the Toryglen National Football Centre. The first half saw a competitive 40 minute period with the Scottish looking more controlled in possession. However, ISFA had the best chance of the half. After neat build up play, Ada Okorogheye (Royal Russell) flashed a shot across the Scottish box that Matthew Bowman (Repton) was just unable to get on the end of. The second half saw ISFA dominate possession and started to play with more authority through the thirds. It was against the run of play that after 55 minutes ISFA fell behind. A good run and cross from the Scottish Number 7 was converted on the back post by the opposite wide play to give the Scots a 1-0 lead. This saw a slight tactical switch and one that was to reap the rewards as 10 minutes later ISFA were back on level terms. Good work form the Royal Russel pair of Josh Newbury-Teeluck saw the ball find itself at Adam Aziz’s feet and his drive into the box saw him unleash a shot into the right hand corner to level the game up. The scorline remained level and ISFA can be pleased with a much improved second half performance.

Sunday 4th February
(The New Saints FC, Oswestry)

ISFA U18 4 Welsh Schools 0

After the disappointing abandoned draw last time out against ESFA, the team were keen to make an impression in this fixture. Held at the stadium of Welsh Premier League Champions TNS, this is always a tough fixture.

ISFA dominated the first half in terms of possession and chances whilst keeping the outstanding Wales number 9 under wraps. The opening goal came as a neat through ball from Adam Aziz (Royal Russell) found Josiah Chilaka (Shrewsbury) clean though on goal who calmly slotted the ball home. Many chances followed and ISFA should have moved further clear. The all important second goal eventually came just before half time as a corner was bundled over the line by Matt Pickering (Bede’s).

The second half started in a completely different manner with the Welsh working tirelessly to get back in to the game. They were though, to rue missed chances, particularly one that required a goal line clearance from Ben Clark (Oswestry). As the game opened up, ISFA carved out an excellent third with Aziz once again the creator with an inventive scoop that was met by Josh Newbury-Teeluck (Royal Russell) who was clinical with the finish. ISFA regained complete control of the game and Aziz rounded of a superb game with the team’s fourth.

Photograph courtesy of RWT Photography. This and other photographs of the match and the post-match presentations, along with the match DVD, can be ordered from www.rwt-photography.co.uk or by ringing 01733 204445.

Saturday 20th January
(Lilleshall National Sports Centre)

English Schools FA 1 ISFA U18 1 (abandoned after 75 minutes)

ISFA faced a strong ESFA side in a heavy snow storm which caused the game to finish after 70 minutes at 1-1. ISFA got off to a great start pressing all over the pitch and their hard work was rewarded with the opening goal scored by Josh Newbury-Teeluck (Royal Russell) following some very neat one touch play within the ESFA area. ISFA continued to have the majority of the possession before a mistake at the back gifted ESFA the equaliser which took the teams in level at half time.

The snow began to fall heavier during the second half which stopped both teams playing the football they desired. The ISFA back line were in great form minimising ESFA to very few chances in an extremely short half second half. ISFA produced a late surge coming close to grabbing the winner with a few late chances before the referee called time on the game.

Thursday 14th December
(St. George's Park)

ISFA U18 3 English Colleges U18

The second game in two days was always going to be a massive test for the ISFA team. An extremely even affair saw both teams enjoying spells of possession. It was ISFA though who created the better chances. An excellent counter attack saw Tommy Trenaman (Bede’s) release Merlin Ferrinho (Repton) who calmly slotted past the opposition keeper. ECFA started the second off with a ferocious intensity that started to ask some questions of the ISFA defence. A misplaced pass though fell to Calvin Kissi (Ardingly) who struck from distance. This goal changed the game and ISFA started to take control of the game. Kissi got a second from a well worked set piece and ISFA earned their second International victory of the season. 

Wednesday 13th December
(St. George’s Park)

ISFA U18 4 Welsh Colleges U18 1

ISFA braved the weather on a perfect pitch at St George’s Park. The opening encounters were very even as both teams pressed with intensity. ISFA gained control of the game and deservedly opened the scoring through Sam Arbuckle (Alleyn’s). The second half was an outstanding display of football and ISFA dominated throughout. Tommy Trenaman (Bede’s) scored two and Calvin Kissi (Ardingly) completed the tally.

2017-18 PROGRAMME

Wednesday 13th December 
English Independent Schools v. Welsh Colleges 
(St. George's Park, 6.00)

Thursday 14th December
ISFA U18 v. English Colleges
(St. George's Park, 3.00)

Saturday 20th January
ISFA U18 v. English Schools FA
(Lilleshall, 11.30)

Sunday 4th February
Welsh Colleges v. English Independent Schools
(The New Saints FC, Oswestry, 2.00)

Monday 12th February
Scottish Schools v. English Independent Schools
Toryglen Centre, Glasgow, 4.00)

Friday 30th March 
ISFA U18 v Lancaster University
(St George’s Park, 11.30)

9th - 13th April
European Tour (Belgium)

More fixtures will be added in due course

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